Drones are everywhere these days, but this one is different: Not only is its spherical shape neat-looking, it’s intended to be incredibly functional as well. And now it’s won a cool $1 million prize.
Switzerland-based Flyability is the maker of the Gimball, which they call “the world’s first collision-proof drone.” The company entered its drone in the United Arab Emirates government-sponsored Drones for Good contest, and beat out 39 other drones for the top prize, according to this announcement.
The Gimball snagged top honors for its unique design, which allows it to “enter confined spaces and safely fly close to humans, proving to be highly effective in rescue missions. It is protected by a rotating cage which makes it capable of colliding with obstacles in challenging environments without losing its stability,” the release says.
The contest, the first of its kind, is intended to promote and find new ways for drones to positively impact society. Flyability is hoping to have the Gimball on the market sometime this year.
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